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The top match this weekend is at Islecroft where league leaders Dalbeattie Star play local Stewartry rivals Threave Rovers.

The home side are sitting three points in front of their nearest challengers but the Castle Douglas side have played two games more. A victory for Star would effectively hand them this season’s title. Meanwhile, a win for the visitors would see an enthralling finish to the league championship race.

Unbeaten Star are the form team at present and this should be an exciting and spectacular contest with Threave keen not to fall by the wayside and see their title hopes dashed for another season. However, a share of the points is a possibility for a result that would suit Star more than their Castle Douglas opponents but could keep the title race open for a little longer.

Abbey Vale play hosts to Heston Rovers in a contest that should see the visitors take the points although Vale are never an easy side to beat on their home ground and the Maryfield side may well have to be at their best to see off Vale’s challenge.

Newton Stewart have Mid-Annandale as their guests at Blairmount Park for a match that, on present form, should go the way of the hosts but these two sides usually play out fairly even matches and there is nothing to suggest this one will be any different.

This is Mids’ fourth last league match of the season all of which are way from home and they will be keen to give a good account of themselves. But if the Creesiders strike the form that they showed last time out against Nithsdale at Sanquhar, then they should take the three points from this encounter.

There are two re-arranged South Challenge Cup first-round ties scheduled for Saturday.

Creetown entertain St Cuthbert Wanderers and Wigtown and Bladnoch play hosts to Nithsdale Wanderers.

League form and recent results would suggest that Creetown and Nithsdale will struggle to make any progress in this particular competition.

The Sanquhar side were showing promise but fell heavily last time out against Newton Stewart at Lorimer Park when they went down 5-0, while Creetown are struggling near the bottom of the league and high flying Saints are enjoying a fairly good season so far.

Wigtown are also enjoying a good season and come into their tie on the back of 7-0 victory over Fleet Star last weekend.

These indicators would point to victories for Saints and Wigtown with the Kirkcudbright side winning quite comfortably against Creetown, and Wigtown managing to overcome any resistance that Nithsdale may offer for both to progress to round two.

Fixtures for Saturday, March 2

All kick-offs at 2pm

South of Scotland League

Abbey Vale v Heston Rovers

Dalbeattie Star v Threave Rovers

Newton Stewart v Mid-Annandale

South Challenge Cup – Round One

Creetown v St Cuthbert Wanderers

Wigtown and Bladnoch v Nithsdale Wanderers